Check out our roundup of the best plays from the Group Stage of Worlds 2017.

Worlds 2017: The Six Best Plays of the Group Stage

What makes a good play? Is it mechanically remarkable? Strategically innovative? Maybe the best plays are the most exciting plays. Or in a case like Worlds, where teams ebb and flow and the metagame narrows as the tournament runs...
Tempo Rogue - Hearthstone Meta Patch 9.1

Is Patch 9.1 Giving Us Hearthstone’s “Healthiest” Meta?

After Hearthstone's recent balance changes in Patch 9.1, the game's meta has shifted drastically. Currently there is a deck from every class in tier 1-2. That’s right, every single class has a playable deck. This is the first time...
Dotabuff Interview Co-Founder

Interview with Dotabuff Co-Founder Sabina “Lawliepop” Hemmi

It’s hard to find a Dota 2 player who hasn’t used the popular game analysis platform Dotabuff. Dotabuff, and its counterpart Overbuff, pull statistics and information from your games and let users parse through the data. I sat down with Sabina...
The Group Stage for Worlds 2017 is here, and based off the picks and bans we've seen so far, the meta is looking more diverse than it has in the past two years.

Picks and Bans at Worlds 2017: Group Stage Meta Predictions

The emerging Worlds 2017 meta is more diverse than we expected. Using preliminary play-in data (pre-October), we've seen 63 unique champion picks, compared to 56 picks in the entirety of last year’s World Championships. We can expect to see...
Samsung's Ambition is one of the players you'll need to keep an eye on at Worlds 2017.

Worlds 2017 Preview: Top 5 Players to Watch

The 2017 League of Legends World Championships will bring together the most diverse pool of players we've ever seen. While some international stalwarts will be present--Paul "sOAZ" Boyer, Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao come to mind right off the bat--there's a few...
The post-TI7 roster shuffles have happened, and as the dust settles, one question remains: which teams are looking in good shape this season?

Dota 2: Post-TI7 Roster Shuffle Analysis

Ah, the post-TI roster shuffle. Your favorite teams inevitably disband or swap players and you're left looking at your EG shirt wondering why you bought it. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration--Universe is still on the team, Fear's...
CEVO is one of several third-party matchmaking services for CS:GO, but these days, it's not in great shape.

The CEVO Experience: Not Quite There Anymore

A few weeks ago, we took a look at FACEIT, one of CS:GO's third-party matchmaking services. This week we'll be paying CEVO a visit and taking a look at what they have to offer. At a macro level, CEVO is...
New player watching League of Legends for the first time? This guide should help.

Worlds 2017: How to Watch League of Legends as a Newcomer

If you follow esports or competitive gaming, you have probably heard of League of Legends. The 2017 World Championships kicked off last Saturday (9/23), and the event runs for 43 days -- that means that now is the perfect...
How do we have a productive conversation about women in esports?

Pride and Prejudice: Absent Women in Esports

Writing about women in esports is a challenging task. Our industry is constantly growing, but the absence of women becomes more apparent with each passing milestone. We have record-breaking prize pools for tournaments, yet we only have a handful of women involved...
What do players want from Valve's Dota card game, Artifact?

Dota 2 as a Card Game: What Do We Want from Artifact?

I wrote a short piece about Artifact taking on Hearthstone last month, and, unfortunately, we still don't have any new information about the game. Valve has set up a Twitter account for Artifact, however, so it looks like they're...
Worlds 2017 is right around the corner.

The Format for Worlds 2017: 43 Days of League of Legends

Worlds 2017 is almost here. The World Championship’s play-in stage begins in just eight days. Essentially, the play-in stage is a tournament before the the tournament--a last chance qualifier for 12 teams from 12 different regions to earn a...
Jeff Kaplan

Game Development Spotlight: The Jeff Kaplan Approach

Jeff Kaplan. The man. The meme. The legend. If you play Overwatch, you’ll have an intimate relationship with the man behind it all. If you don’t, there’s still a decent chance you’ll have seen some videos of Jeff over...